Writing Effective Grant Proposals
Part of the Grant Writing For Dummies Cheat Sheet
To make your grant writing stand out from other proposals, you have to know how to write grants effectively. Do some research for your specific grant proposal and incorporate the following guidelines to spin written magic:
Tell your story (with supporting statistics) in such a compelling way that the reader can’t put your application down until he or she makes a positive funding decision.
Incorporate buzzwords found on the funder’s website or in the grant-funding announcement.
Use a thesaurus to expand your command of adjectives — those words that rock when you’re writing about gloom, doom, drama, and trauma.
View online examples of winning grant applications. Check out http://www.npguides.org for great grant proposal examples.
Research proven best practices for your proposed solutions and incorporate language from the experts.
When you find best practices, look for the evaluation results of previously implemented programs that are similar to yours. Know what works and what doesn’t work before you write your proposed solution.
Eliminate multiple drafts from your writing habits because the most creative and wow words are often the first words you type.
Hire a proofreader or editor to read your writing and clean it up. Don’t have any money? Ask a trustworthy and capable co-worker or friend.
Write in short, impactful sentences. Long-winded sentences almost always lose the reader.